Dating a gun by serial number
The above chart shows the approximate first serial number shipped for the indicated year.This number should be used as a point of reference only.As noted above, for shotguns with removeable barrels, the code will be valid for the manufacture of the barrel; maybe for the receiver, as barrels do get switched around. Nice gun shoots nice and the price was right at 5. __________________ NRA Life Member, NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Certified Pistol Instructor,, USPSA NROI Range Officer, ICORE Range Officer, ICORE Match Director , MAG 40 Graduate As you are, I once was, As I am, You will be.According to the "Blue Book of Gun Values", the coding continues as follows (edited to reflect the intro year of the OP's Model 870) : Month Codes: [first letter] B - L - A - C - K - P - O - W - D - E - R - X 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 Year:______Code: [second (and third * letters] 1950____*___ WW 1951____*___ XX 1952____*___ YY 1953____*___ ZZ 1954_______ A 1955_______ B 1956_______ C 1957_______ D 1958_______ E 1959_______ F 1960_______ G 1961_______ H 1962_______ J 1963_______ K 1964_______ L 1965_______ M 1966_______ N 1967_______ P 1968_______ R 1969_______ S 1970_______ T 1971_______ U 1972_______ W 1973_______ X 1974_______ Y 1975_______ Z 1976_______ I 1977_______ O 1978_______ Q 1979_______ V 1980_______ A 1981_______ B 1982_______ C 1983_______ D 1984_______ E 1985_______ F 1986_______ G 1987_______ H 1988_______ I 1989_______ J 1990_______ K 1991_______ L 1992_______ M 1993_______ N 1994_______ O 1995_______ P 1996_______ Q 1997_______ R 1998_______ S 1999_______ T 2000_______ U 2001_______ W 2002_______ X As maybe seen, the year code letters duplicate; some knowledge of when the model was introduced should resolve the actual year of manufacture. __________________ NRA Life Member, NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Certified Pistol Instructor,, USPSA NROI Range Officer, ICORE Range Officer, ICORE Match Director , MAG 40 Graduate As you are, I once was, As I am, You will be.It is not necessarily the very first serial number shipped, but it can be used to determine the approximate year your Ruger firearm was shipped.Ruger does not necessarily produce firearms in serial number order.1-800-243-9700 is Remington's customer service number. Work down the phone tree until you reach a real person. Is marked with the Remington Arms of Ilion New York address.
A vintage WM is first class condition for 5 is a great deal. Just home from the Pawn Shop and have suffered thru the glare of the Mrs. Looks like a 1979 gun from what I can tell off of the S#. Just has "mod" for the choke type on that side and rep on the other.Looks like the comb on this Remington will be a little lower and won't bruise my cheek bone as much as the wonderful old Parker does. This is an example of where to find the 2 letter date code on the Remington Nylon Rifles. In December of 1968 serial numbers were moved to the receiver cover and re-started at 2100000 and went to 2599999 in January of 1977.The Remington Date Codes are always stamped into the barrel's lower side, near the rear - just ahead of the receiver.The first letter of the Code is the month of manufacture, followed by one or two letters which are the year of manufacture. The widower that sold me the gun through a friend of mine stated that her husband had the gun before they were married some 50 years ago so I'll roll the dice that the gun is the way Remington produced it in 1952.
__________________ NRA Life Member, NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Certified Pistol Instructor,, USPSA NROI Range Officer, ICORE Range Officer, ICORE Match Director , MAG 40 Graduate As you are, I once was, As I am, You will be.